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Official Dubai, UAE School Holidays, 2015 – 2018

Official Dubai, UAE School Holidays, 2015 – 2018

The UAE Ministry of Education’s term times for the next three academic years – from 2015/16 to 2017/18. Children have a reduction in the number of schooldays from 2015’s 189 to... Read On

More Organised: 10 Amazing Back To School Tips

More Organised: 10 Amazing Back To School Tips

As the saying goes, ‘all good things must come to an end,’ and this week that’s the summer holidays. As we leave laid-back parenting and relaxed schedules, and welcome... Read On

Dealing With ‘New School’ Anxiety

Dealing With ‘New School’ Anxiety

This month, WhichSchoolAdvisor chatted to ‘Holistic Healing 4 Children’s’ Jacqui Gray and Terri Allen both OFSTED approved holistic educational therapists for children, teenagers and parents, certified co-active life coaches,... Read On

Top 10 Tips To Get Your Secondary-Schooler A Starting Edge

Top 10 Tips To Get Your Secondary-Schooler A Starting Edge

With so much advice now available around the web its tough to know what the best preparation is for getting back into the school routine. We asked Nick Arnsby, maths teacher at... Read On

23 Essential Questions To Ask Your Child’s New Teacher

23 Essential Questions To Ask Your Child’s New Teacher

We’re a couple of weeks into the new academic year, and hopefully for most parents the chaos of getting back into to the old school routine has subsided, and... Read On

How to Jump from Primary To Secondary Easily

How to Jump from Primary To Secondary Easily

Is your child heading for secondary school this September? Maybe they’re beginning to have concerns about the transition? It might even be you as a parent who is worried about the... Read On

6 Awesome Tips For Primary Preparation

6 Awesome Tips For Primary Preparation

Joanne Taylor at Jumeirah Baccalaureate School Dubai says the ‘back to school’ focus for parents of ‘little-ones’ should be on reducing the likelihood of any stressful situations arising in class.... Read On

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthily (And Why You Want Them To!)

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthily (And Why You Want Them To!)

When it comes to meals and food, really, who hasn’t been enjoying the unstructured and relaxed aspects of the summer holidays? Whether it’s over indulging on take-aways and late night dining, missed... Read On

Trouble-Free Transitions: Kindergarten to Primary

Trouble-Free Transitions: Kindergarten to Primary

The move from kindergarten, nursery or foundation to primary can be a tricky one. Along with the excitement and pride in finally becoming a ‘big-one’ there can also be... Read On

A School’s Perspective- The Big First Day

A School’s Perspective- The Big First Day

While many of us will spend the next ten days dashing between uniform suppliers and stationary shops, spare a thought for the many UAE principals who are right now, preparing their... Read On

‘Beyond Insha’allah’: How To Make Arabic Engaging For Children

‘Beyond Insha’allah’: How To Make Arabic Engaging For Children

In the UAE Arabic is part of the curriculum. Due to KHDA initiatives, its teaching now takes up many hours of the school day, but the success that should... Read On

Private Tuition Gives Children ‘An Edge’: Report

Private Tuition Gives Children ‘An Edge’: Report

Children who receive additional tuition gain a ‘substantial advantage’ over their peers, according to a report issued by the Sutton Trust education charity in the UK. The Sutton Trust’s... Read On

School Starting Age: The Evidence Says ‘7 Years’

School Starting Age: The Evidence Says ‘7 Years’

In September last year the “Too Much, Too Soon” campaign made headlines in the UK with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning... Read On

Pre-School Role Play – How to Do It, And Why

Pre-School Role Play – How to Do It, And Why

As parents, we’re always trying to think of ways to make play meaningful for our children, particularly as they make their way through the critical early years. But building... Read On

Preschool Assessment: How to Prepare

Preschool Assessment: How to Prepare

You have decided that your children are ready to start pre-school, but how can you ensure that your child has the skills – physical, mental and emotional – that a nursery... Read On

Pre-School Assessments: Is My Child Ready?

Pre-School Assessments: Is My Child Ready?

It’s already the beginning of May. We’re into the magical months for schools. These are the months they throw open their doors to welcome visitors. They’re also the months... Read On

Academic Success Tip #1: Reading to Your Child

Academic Success Tip #1: Reading to Your Child

The diversity in entertainment available to children nowadays is nothing short of – well – stupefying. The range of options would have been, simply, unimaginable during our childhoods. Like... Read On

5 Tips To Ease Your Child Into Year 7

5 Tips To Ease Your Child Into Year 7

Moving from Year 6 to 7 can be a traumatic time for many children, but there are practical ways you can help navigate their journey. WSA provides practical tips... Read On